Wonderful Sunday Cooking


“Liebe Istanbul Cooking School,

Das war eine grosse Freude, der türkischen Küche einen Schritt naher gekommen zu sein und mit euch gemeinsam diese wundervollen Gerichte zu zaubern. Wir nehmen das alles mit nach Hause. Euch alles Gute.

Herzliche Grüsse von Markus und Raphaella.”

Markus+Raphaella, Germany


“Dear my long lost brother Oguz,

Tom and I had wonderful times learning about Turkish food and culture. Of course the food we cooked together was unforgettable. Only problem now is, how to lose the weight I gained?”

Gani, Korea + Tom, US

“Excellent Fun”

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“Thank you so much for your wonderful tour and class.”

Erin, Australia


“”Excellent fun.”

Neil, UK


“A fabolous day. I learned a lot.”

Jean, Australia


“This was great.”

Malcolm, Australia


“Vielen Dank für die kulinarische Reise durch die Türkei.”

Marianne, Switzerland


“Merci Chef pour le cons de cuisine turque.”

Brigitte, France


“My Best Experience in Istanbul So Far”



“Thank you for an amazing course.”

Charlotte, UK


“Thanks for a wonderful day. Grat food, great class, fabolous company.”

Zahra, UK


“My best experience in Istanbul so far”

Kate, UK


“Mannomann, war das schön :)

Bodie+Kai, Germany


“The Temoney’s enjoyed this experience very much.”

Jayvin Temoney, US


“The croatian part of the table also loved it. One of Istanbul’s highlights :)

Maja+Karla, Croatia

“A Fantastic Time That Should Not Be Missed”

DSCN9304aDSCN9298a ”Actually a fantastic time that should not be missed.”

Mark Neumann, USA


“Before Istanbul Cooking School: :( After Istanbul Cooking School: :) Thank you for making our trip. We love Istanbul Cooking School”

Lindsay+Matt, USA


“We had a lot of fun learning some Turkish dishes. Thanks so much.”

Scott+Kirsten, Canada


“Kia Ora. Thanks for a great day :)

Hilary+Sebastian, New Zealand

“Fantastic Day”

DSCN9286a DSCN9284a“Fantastic day, educational, entertaining, will definetely be back. Thank you”

Sarah O’Brien, UK/USA


“Thanks so much for a wonderful day, I loved the information about the markets, recommendations and the food. We had a great time.”

Mary, USA


“Thank you so much for a wonderful day. I really loved the different cultural aspects of your cooking.”

Abby Björk, USA


“Join me for a braai in Cape Town :) Great lesson and a very happy belly.”

Jeanine, South Africa


” Thank you so much for a delightfull and filling afternoon. Great to know all your insider tips about Istanbul.”

Emily, USA


“What a great way to spend a day learning about Istanbul and Turkish cooking. You are saying at this moment how sorry you are that the day went so long, but it flew by. We really really enjoyed it. Best regards and please look us up if you find yourself in Switzerland.”

Steve + Lisa, Switzerland


“So much fun and absolutely delicious.”

Carolyn + Andy, USA


“What to do with my wife and three adult daughters? Cooking with Oguz, of course :)

Andy, USA

“Incredibly Enjoyable”

DSCN9259aDSCN9260aDSCN9255a10390204_10151981298486642_5410867573094592350_n“Thanks so much for a fantastic evening. Amazing food, new friends, lots of laughs. Not to mention the perfect Borek! Şerefe.”

Kate + Mike, Australia


“Thank you very much for the amazing day. I have learned so much about the Turkish culture and cuisine.”

Emily, Australia


“Incredibly enjoyable. Not only do you learn Turkish cooking, but Turkish culture. And top of all you experience an amazing meal.”

Jan + Norman, Newpoart Beach, USA

“An Experience I Wont Forget Of Istanbul”

DSCN9200a DSCN9202aDSCN9184a DSCN9187a“Wunderbarer Abschluss einer langen Reise von Teheran nach Istanbul. Danke für das Kocherlebnis.”

Sebastian + Jörg, Deutschland


“You were very warm and a lot of fun. Especially enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere of your kitchen.”

Deepa, India


“Supa woar’s!”

Natalia + Chrisi, Wien A


“Det har var ju jattetreuligt.”

Jonas, Sweden


“Thanks for a great evening. The food was terrific, and you are a great host.”

Erik, Sweden


“Merci beancoup, c etait super interresant et cest bien de vendre compte que ce mest pas si complique.”

Antoine, France


“Very interresting cooking course, friendly teacher, nice atmosphere, yummy food…Definetely an experience I wont forget of Istanbul.”

Rula, Jordan

A Beautiful Birthday Celebration.

20140430_195712aBart de Vries from Holland organized a beautiful birthday party for the Grandfather of the family.


What a big and great group with such a high level of happiness and energy :)


Far left you can see the birthday kid looking at his family :)

“The Highlight Of Our Stay In Istanbul”

DSCN9117aDSCN9109aDSCN9110a“I have had a wonderful day sharing Turkish cookikng tips and delicious food. I am glad I have set aside this time with you. Many many thanks.”

Joy, the UK


“Such a fun day. Thank you so much for everything. It has beed the highlight of my trip, and I will certainly recommend you to everyone I know visiting the city.”

Rhian, the US


“Today was a wonderful day. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and cuisine.”

Liz + Brendan, the US (NY)


“We reallly enjoyed your tour of the market and the many samples your friends shared with us. Your knowledge of Turkish cuisine and personal stories are truly fascinating.”

Nick + Kailey , Canada (Winnipeg)


“Absolutely loved this !!! Thanks so much for your entertaining stories and for sharing your knowledge and “joie de vivre” with us. This will certainly be the highlight of our stay in Istanbul.”

Jim + Denyse LaFleche Turnbull, Canada (Manitoba)


“An Amazing Walk Through The Market”


“Thank you for an amazing walk through the market, tasty treats along the way and a great final meal and dessert. We had a great time.” Nora + Paul Gunia, USA


“Thanks so much for a great evening.” Dale, Canada


“What wonderful food, tips, information, recipes and good company. I really enjoyed the tour through the market and local insights. It was a wonderful workshop.” Whitney, USA


” I am going to die from eating too much food, but I will die happy :) I particularly loved the Kısır and the background stories on the specific dishes.” Veronica + Katie, USA


“Thanks for a real nice evening. ” The Dutchies, Emma, Lisette and Anna

“I Enjoyed Every Minute”


“Such a great way to spend my last day in Istanbul. Learning lots of facts about Turkish food and culture in good company over great food. I’ll let you know if the “Exploding Aubergines” band ever gets started. Stay safe with the “dangerous” cooking :) ” Tracy, USA


“Thank you for the wonderful lesson. Best meal I have had in Turkey. Enjoyed the company and the education.” Chithra, USA


“Danke für den in jeder Hinsicht geschmacksvollen Tag und die neuen Erfahrungen.” Monika + Sibylle, Deutschland


“This was an awsome experience. Good food, fun.” Ron, USA


“How can I say something different? I enjoyed every minute.” Becki, USA


“Thank you so so so much for a great day. I loved getting an insiders recommendation on where to shop, eat and drink. I will definitely cook this for my friends back in the UK.” Jemma, UK


“Thanks.  I’d give you 3 Michelin Stars for entertainment :) ” Rebecca, USA

“We Came Hungry & Curious, Left Full & Happy”


“What a wonderful beginning to our weekend in Istanbul. Loved it all.” Danny and Anette Garvey, UK

“Kiitos! We came hungry and curious, left full and happy.” Elina and Sami, Finland

“Ended our 4 days trip to Istanbul with this class and it was the absolute best. Relaxed, fun, educational and delicious. Keep in touch should you come to London.” Michelle and Stef, Singapore and London

“Delightful, Joyfilled, Interesting, Fun, Delicious” Jacqui Sobol, USA

“Thank You For A Wonderful Evening”

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“Great Food, Great Company, Great Time”


“Danke für die tolle Erfahrung.”

Melissa Carus, Frankfurt DE


“The perfect thing to do on a rainy afternoon – and probably any other day too :)

Jessi, Frankfurt DE


“Thank you for showing us your favorite pickle shop.”

Caroline, UK


“Many thanks for a very pleasant afternoon.”

Steve, UK


“This place was AMAZING! Loved the food, loved the company. Thanks for being so awesome.”

Stephen, USA


“Great food, great company, great time. Thanks.”

Kristen + Stephen, USA


“What a relaxing way to spend the afternoon. It was so warm and cozy in your school.”

Ellie + Anna, USA

“A New Food World For Me”

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“Danke für einen sehr schönen Tag. Gesattigt bis zum nachsten Istanbul Besuch :)

Max + Cara, Berlin, DE


“Thank you. You opened a whole new food world for me.”

Suzanne, South Africa


“Hello. We ate many delicious things. We are really thankfull.”

Lisa, California + Celine, S.Korea


“Merce für den scheena Dag. S’ Essen war subba. Pfia Gott.” Anne + Domi, DE

“It Was Better Than Good, It Was Great”


“We had never taken a cooking class before, but this trip, grandparents, adult son and 14 year old grand girl asked for a variety of experiences. This option looked good. But it was better than good, it was great. Everyone participated, everyone was engaged. Humor, intelligence and consideration by our host created a perfect environment for learning.”

Carol Isaak and Family, USA


“We had an amazing time at today’s class. I am so happy we found out about this and cant recommend it enough. The meal was delicious and company perfect.”

Preet, India and California


“Thank you so much for teaching us so much about Turkey and the food.”

Kay, USA

“My Private Birthday Party”


“Wir hatten viel Spaß mit Oguz.
Besonders das Einkaufen auf dem Blumenmarkt und die alten, tradtionellen
türkischen Läden haben uns gut gefallen.
Das anschließende gemeinsame Kochen war sehr interessant, hat super
geschmeckt. Selbst am nächsten Tag waren wir noch satt, soviel haben wir
Nachhaltiges Essen!
What a great experience, my private birthday party! We will highly
recommend your school.
Martina, Gerlinde and Bettina, Oberpfalz”


Thank you very much for a delicious evening in Istanbul. Wir haben es total genossen.”

Lothar + Nadia, München

“We Learned A Lot About Turkish Cuisine”


“Thank you for a great experience. We had a blast and learned a lot about Turkish cuisine. We will definitely recommend this class to other travellers.”

Jessica, Chicago US + Christian, Antwerp Belgium


“Thanks for a great experience and a wonderful break from Kebap cuisine. We enjoyed the walking tour and all of your wisdom. If only we had more time in Istanbul”


Sarah and David, Australia

“Incredibly Enjoyable”


“A more pleasant and informative evening I cannot imagine.” Rama Reddy, NJ USA


“Incredibly enjoyable. Food, atmosphere, company was outstanding. I would recommend this class to everyone.” Rob Herbert, NJ USA


“Thank you so much for a great day” Kim Cheng, Canada


“Wonderful dishes and great history. Thanks for a great afternoon.” Meghan Riley, Canada


“Danke für den netten Nachmittag. Wenn ich wieder in Istanbul bin, komme ich auf jeden Fall wieder.” Wolfgang, Austria


“Thanks for a great time and the education in both the food and the history of Istanbul. Highly recommended.” Daniel, PA USA


“What an incredible experience you have provided for me…” Wes Holmes, Las Vegas USA


“Fantastic evening…the best part? all of it.” Stef Brennen, MD USA

A Very Warm Multicultural Lunch


We thank our friends from Israel, Germany and Holland for joining us with their energy and wonderful stories about their culture.



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